How do I repot an aloe?

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The soil and pot you choose for your aloe plays an important role in its health. Moisture trapped around the negligible root systems of these plants can lead to sudden death. Your pot must have a draining hole at its bottom. The ideal soil should resemble the loose, free-draining mixture of a succulent's native habitat. Equal parts potting soil, peat and sand are generally best. Commercial cactus mixes are acceptable, if not ideal, and readily available but avoid those that have food already in the mix. Sprinkle perlite or coarse sand on the surface of the soil to protect fleshy leaves from moisture and rot. Repot in July or August for older plants. Do not set the plant any more deeply into the potting soil than it has been growing in its old pot; burying the stem will lead to rot.

When you are repotting a plant, a good rule of thumb is to go up only one pot size. So for example if the plant is in a 4-inch pot you would move it to a 6-inch pot. If it is in a 10-inch pot, move it up to a 12-inch pot. If you use a pot larger than one pot size up, you are basically creating a moat around the plant, making its environment too wet for too long. This can cause root rot. Aloes require less water during the cooler months. They are best transplanted in spring.

Learn more about caring for your aloe in our Guide to Aloe Houseplants.

For tips on a variety of gardening topics, see our Plant Information Guides.
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Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service

  • Last Updated Nov 01, 2022
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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